Most work on intelligent buildings concentrates on a
particular subsystem. Building component manufacturers
describe many improvements as
Currently, intelligent: materials; structural systems;
and boilers are all advertised.
Engineers, architects and interior designers often use the
intelligent building to mean an office building
with telecommunications that allow rapid reconfiguration of
the interior layout for a client.
Controlling mechanical and electrical systems
When engineers say a building is intelligent, they often mean that computer programs coordinate many building subsystems to regulate the interior temperatures, HVAC and providing power. The goal is usually to reduce the operating cost of the building while maintaining the desired environment for the occupants. Commercial-off-the-shelf Building Automation Systems (BAS) are available. A basic Building Automation System saves energy by widening temperature ranges and reducing lighting in unoccupied spaces. It also reduces costs for electricity by shedding loads when electricity is higher-priced. Often, a building can be designed so that air-conditioning and refrigeration can be deferred.
Because many subsystems contribute to the costs of operating a building, customized building automation can be complex. Some intelligent buildings:
Davmark Group puts this all together for the client. Providing leading edge solutions that help future proof the building.